Responding to Increased Arrivals from Afghanistan

refugees arriving

As you prepare to receive Afghans evacuated as a part of Operation Allies Welcome, CORE has compiled a list of tips and resources that you and your organization may find helpful to use in delivering Cultural Orientation and other early resettlement services.  Prepare staff and volunteers  Share CORE’s Provider Onboarding page as a guide for training new […]

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Spruce Up Your Waiting Room with New CORE Posters and Handouts

Is your waiting room due for a makeover in 2020? In addition to CORE’s waiting room playlists created last year, you can now download and print new posters and take-home materials to help refugees learn about and access CORE’s Settle In mobile app and the CORE Resettlement Navigator website.  CORE’s new materials are designed to […]

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Updates on CORE’s Summer of Learning

Refugees learning about money management during a cultural orientation class

This summer, CORE is offering Cultural Orientation providers a variety of capacity building and training opportunities. In June, CORE launched a new online lesson, Delivering Interactive One-on-One Cultural Orientation. Watch the video above featuring some of the course content. As a follow up to this online lesson, CORE also kicked off its first virtual practicum on the […]

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Digitize the Wait: New Video and Audio Playlists for Resettlement Office Waiting Rooms

Digitize Wait

Waiting rooms aren’t just for waiting. The spaces can be overlooked, but can potentially serve as an educational touch point for refugees. One way to take advantage of client wait time at your organization’s office is by emphasizing key messages about life in the United States. CORE has videos and podcasts translated in multiple languages […]

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5 Tips to Make Your Hygiene Lessons Shine

Bars of soap

Discussing hygiene norms with refugees arriving to the United States is a vital, but sometimes difficult task. In April, CORE hosted a webinar to highlight best practices on educating refugees about hygiene during Cultural Orientation. This was part of a new set of resources, including a podcast, fact sheet, and supplemental hygiene lesson plan created […]

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New Refugee Resource: Download or Listen to ‘Hygiene in the United States’

A person washing their hands with soap and water

As a follow to the “Navigating Challenging Cultural Orientation Conversations” webinar in December, CORE created Hygiene in the United States. Available as a fact sheet and podcast, this resource reviews hygiene practices in the United States, including personal hygiene and maintaining the home. This resource can be found on the CORE Resettlement Navigator website in multiple languages. […]

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Digital Awareness Resources Now Available

A Syrian refugee family looks at resources on a cell phone

Digital technology is an important component of daily life in the United States, and increasingly, an influential part of the resettlement process, from applying for jobs to managing finances to accessing public benefits. In response to the growing use of digital technology, CORE has developed a supplemental lesson plan that addresses cultivating awareness and digital […]

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New Language: CORE’s Refugee-Facing Resources Available in Dari

Digital Resources for refugees

CORE recently completed Dari translations on CORE’s Resettlement Navigator website and CORE’s Settle In mobile app to increase their accessibility to Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders and their families. Both digital channels are particularly beneficial to SIVs who are not able to receive pre-departure Cultural Orientation. CORE’s Resettlement Navigator contains ample CO information to aid in the resettlement process. Each CO topic […]

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New Promising Practice: Gender-Segregated Cultural Orientation Sessions

Refugee at a CO class

CORE is continuing its “Effective Practice Series” with the release of a second document, examining the practice of gender-segregated Cultural Orientation sessions. “Promising Practice: Delivering Gender-Segregated Cultural Orientation Sessions” identifies the steps for implementing this practice, along with stories from the field and tips for implementation. These types of sessions allow providers to address common […]

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CORE’s Refugee-Facing Resources now available in Kinyarwanda, Swahili

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Language barriers during resettlement can frustrate refugees and service providers alike. CORE’s refugee-facing resources are designed to ease communication with refugees by providing preliminary USRAP and Cultural Orientation knowledge in their own languages. Available on CORE’s Resettlement Navigator website, CORE’s fact sheets, videos, and podcasts are now available in Kinyarwanda and Swahili, in addition to English and […]

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